Ability to concentrate is not an absolute ability that a person can or cannot have. Children with ADHD can also concentrate if they are motivated. Here you will find tips on what concentration is and how you can concentrate better.
What is concentration and what is attention?
concentration is the ability to draw undivided attention to the same thing, object, activity, or thought process. Concentration is a directed mental activation with the exclusion of all surrounding influences.
Children aged 4-5 years can concentrate fully for an average of 10 minutes, 15 minutes for 6-7 years, 20 minutes for 7-10 years, 25 minutes for 10-12 years and 30 minutes for 12-16 years.
After breaks, the same services must be performed again: 4 – 6 year olds twice in a row, 7 – 8 year olds three times in a row and 9 – 10 year olds four in a row (all information only as a rough guide). By the way, adults should be able to concentrate for about 90 minutes at a time.
attention always relates to perception, while concentration relates to activity. In this respect, concentration can be understood as intensified, constant attention and devotion to an activity.
The difficulty in concentrating
The ability to concentrate is not an absolute ability that a person can or cannot have. Children with ADHD can also concentrate if they are motivated. Motivation is a driver of concentration.
The persistence in concentration is determined individually by the thing, but also by the current mood, ability and perception stimuli from the environment. The less the environmental stimuli in the brain can be filtered and switched off, the easier it is to leave themselves children and distract adults.
The ability to select stimuli is not yet fully developed in children. A child who needs to concentrate needs an environment that does not overwhelm and distract him with visual and acoustic stimuli. For example, for the time of homework, this means an empty table, a tidy room and shielded rest.
But what happens in school? The environment is restless, there are many distractions from the inside out and from the outside. How do I explain my lack of concentration or distractibility to my patient parents.
In certain areas of the brain, children with ADHD have too few messenger substances between the cranial nerve cells, with the result that thinking along with them is very strenuous. There are enough thoughts, just not the right ones. Each thought has to be repeated several times before it can be completed.
This can take longer than the teacher allows. In addition, the messenger stocks are quickly used up, thinking becomes hard work. There are "thinking amplifier", that is the fun gain, the success and in the broadest sense the motivation. An inner reward system is the driving force behind all cognitive activity.
The toddler learns to walk, speak and cycle with it. This is still a lot of fun, gives life enjoyment and generates self-determined affirmation of life. At school, the reward and self-determination are over, at 9 a.m. you have to calculate quickly and correctly, otherwise the transfer is soon at risk.
Fear, reluctance and inner tension arise when there is too little messenger substance to solve all tasks quickly and correctly. The internal reward system is too weak in ADD patients. Hyperactivity and aggressive or clown-like behavior are the outlet for pent-up frustration.
Uncomfortable feelings arise on all sides, the pressure on the child is increased and the inner tension increases. "School is not for me." Intelligent children become failures and people with learning difficulties – just because their systems are not recognized and the right therapies are not sought.
Important measures in class are: increasing motivation, rewarding instead of punishing, relaxation exercises, getting rid of grades or not grading concentration. Arithmetic problems should not be puzzling and the way should be the goal. Children should enjoy learning, researching and living. The classes have to be smaller and the fun at school has to be bigger. Children with ADD become adults with ADD and can build wealth and joie de vivre in society if they are not pushed into addiction, delicacy and outsider roles.
A little test for schoolchildren
An easy but fine test task: Write the following information on a Din A4 sheet. "Task: Delete all letters "d" and "p" and count all the painted ones "p"-letters:" Below you write 3 rows "d", "P", "p", "b", "q" and "R" in any order with a text program. Again below you write: "Number =".
Give the sheet to your child and just say "Let’s see how quickly you can solve the following task". 3/4 of all d and p letters are correctly painted and only the letters "p" counted, the concentration is good. The problem with poor concentration will be that most d and p letters are correctly painted, but all p will also be counted- and d letters together and not the letters "p" alone.
Praise your child for the right solution. Otherwise, do not react excessively, a small note on the exact question is enough. (This also means that there is no indication that For or against ADS speaks. See note at the end of the page).
A concentration test for you
A short concentration test online for you on the PC: name the color as quickly as possible and not the written word.
Start your concentration test now: here.
ADD / ADHD – Attention Deficit Disorder in Adulthood
How does ADS affect adults? Lack of concentration, impulsiveness and hyperactivity are the cause of a very exhausting and nerve-wracking life – a test for you or your partner: -> to the test!
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|"A.D.S., The Adult Book"
by Dieter Claus, Elisabeth Aust-Claus, Petra-Marina Hammer,
Hardcover – Oberstebrink / Parents’ Library, August 2005.
This is one of the few useful ADS books for adults. And it is urgently necessary because ADS children often have at least one affected parent and ADD "does not grow out". Now these chaotic, forgetful, spontaneous and impulsive people are asked to think for their child and to teach them to act sensibly. (Dr. Walter Hultzsch, specialist in pediatric and adolescent medicine)
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